We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!
You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.
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Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day. For a short history of the Thursday Birders and species seen over the years, visit our “About Thursday Birders” page.
Visit the Simms Ranch and Bonnie Long’s house in the Manzano Mountains for hummingbirds, bluebirds, and a potluck meal with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, email@example.com. Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the north side of the Sprouts parking lot in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center on Central Avenue and Tramway Boulevard NE or 9:45 at the entrance to the Simms Ranch on NM 337, six miles south of Chilili, past mile marker 5, where Bonnie will meet people near her parked vehicle. Since this event has grown in size to over 35 people, at least six people are asked to bring a main dish. Please contact Bonnie if you can provide one. Other attendees should bring beverages and side dishes that would serve 8 – 10 people. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $3.50 at five cents per mile. People should be back in Albuquerque by 3:00 p.m.
Torrance County Raptors
Drive to see raptors on the eastern plains of Torrance County with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the Tijeras Senior Center parking area on NM 333/ Rt. 66. To reach the parking area, turn north on Tijeras Avenue, just west of the Tijeras Library. A secondary meeting place is the Pilot Travel Center located on north NM 41 after taking the second Moriarty exit from I-40. Meet there at 8:30 a.m. The group will drive south of Moriarty to look for raptors. Lunch will be at Chili Hills Restaurant on the far west side of Moriarty, just east of the Motel 6. The group should be back in Tijeras by 3:00 p.m. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.
Walk in Sulphur Canyon with Ken Zaslow: 512-576-5309, email@example.com. To car pool, meet at 7:20 a.m. for a 7:30 departure from the parking lot north of Sprouts in the Four Hills Shopping Village located on Central and Tramway Boulevard NE. A $3.00 parking fee or pass is required. The walk will end around 12:00 p.m.
Alameda Open Space
Walk in the Alameda Open Space in the North Valley with Leah Henzler: 505-280-2085, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Open Space parking lot on the south side of Alameda Boulevard, just east of the Rio Grande River. The one-mile walk will end around 12:00 p.m.
Las Huertas Canyon
Drive to Las Huertas Canyon on the north side of the Sandia Mountains with Bernie and Pauline Morris: 505-369-1227, email@example.com. Take I-25 north out of Albuquerque and take exit 242 to Placitas. Drive east on NM 165 for 2.8 miles. The group will meet at 7:00 a.m. in the US Forest Service parking area at the west entrance to Forest Loop Road on the south side of NM 165. The group will bird there for a while looking for desert scrub birds. Since the road up the mountain is deeply rutted, people with high clearance vehicles will be asked to drive the group further east on NM 165 through Placitas for nine miles on paved road, and then for four miles on unpaved, rough road until reaching the lower parking lot of the Los Huertas Picnic Area. Bring a picnic lunch. A $3 parking fee or Federal Pass is required per car. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $1.50 at five cents per mile. The drivers should have their riders back to the Forest Service parking lot by 1:00 p.m.
Ojito de San Antonio Open Space
Visit Ojito de San Antonio Open Space in Cedar Crest with Barbara Hussey: 505-385-1165, firstname.lastname@example.org. To car pool meet the group at 8:20 a.m. for an 8:30 departure from the north side of the Sprouts parking lot in the Four Hills Village Shopping Center on Central Avenue and Tramway Boulevard SE. The open space is off I-40, taking the Cedar Crest/Tijeras Exit. Drive toward Cedar Crest. Then drive north on NM 14 toward Cedar Crest for one mile, making a left turn onto San Antonio Drive just before the San Antonio de Padua Church. The parking area is behind the church. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Valle de Oro NWR
Visit Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge with Joe Schelling: 505-205-7820, email@example.com. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the refuge entrance on 2nd Street by the refuge sign. To reach the refuge, drive south on I-25 and take the Rio Bravo Exit. Drive west on Rio Bravo to 2nd Street. Turn south on 2nd and drive 3.2 miles to the entrance. The group will be divided into two groups as we caravan to different areas of the refuge. The trip will end before 12:00 p.m.
San Pedro Parks Wilderness
Visit San Gregorio Reservoir in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness near Nacimiento Peak with Sarah and Tom Peterson: 505-228-8091, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 6:50 a.m. for a 7 a.m. departure from the Target parking lot at I-25 and Paseo del Norte. Meet in the northwest corner of the lot. The trip is 89 miles long and will take 1 hour, 45 minutes. The route is I-25 to Bernalillo, then west out of Bernalillo on US 550 to Cuba. From there the route will be NM 126, then Forest Road 70 to the San Gregorio Trail Parking lot. The group will walk about 1.5 miles to the upper end of the reservoir. Bring rain gear in case of a thunderstorm.The shared gas expense will be $9.00 at five cents per mile. The group will have lunch at El Bruno’s in Cuba and should be back in Albuquerque by 4:00 p.m.
Drive to Cochiti Lake with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, email@example.com. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the Target parking lot at I-25 and Paseo del Norte. Meet in the northwest corner of the parking lot. The group will access Cochiti Lake from NM 16 in order to take the Tetilla Peak Road on the north side of the lake. People can also meet the group on NM 16 at the turn off to Tetilla Peak at 8:30, but PLEASE let Judy know by Wednesday, September 25, to expect you there. Bring lunch. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile. The main part of the trip will end after lunch. For those that are interested, there will be the option of driving through Pena Blanca after lunch. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 3:00.
Pueblo Montano Open Space
Visit Pueblo Montano Open Space for a walk along the bosque with Pauline and Bernie Morris: 505-369-1227, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano and one block east of Coors. It can be accessed from either street. The parking area is small and the overflow parking area is now fenced off. It may be necessary for some people to park in the nearby shopping center. This will be a two-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Bosque del Apache NWR
Visit the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with Rebecca Gracey: 505-362-5095, email@example.com. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on University Boulevard and Gibson SE. A secondary meeting place will be McDonald’s in Socorro at 9:15 for a quick rest stop and just enough time to get food to go. The group will depart for the Bosque del Apache at 9:30. Bring lunch. A $5 entrance fee or Federal Pass is required per car. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 4:00 p.m. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $10 at five cents per mile.
Walk in the Corrales bosque with Maurice Mackey: 505-897-0415, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the shopping area north of Alameda Road/NM 528 and east of Corrales Road/NM 448. Park by the Boxing Bear Brewing Company where parking is not restricted. The group will carpool from there to one of the bosque locations followed by lunch at Village Pizza in Corrales. The event should end by 1:00 p.m.
Hike in Embudito Canyon with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, email@example.com. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the trailhead parking lot. To reach the canyon, drive east on Montgomery past Tramway, then turn left on Glenwood Hills. Continue 0.4 of a mile, turn right on Trailhead Road and continue to the parking lot. This is an easy 1.5-mile walk ending before noon.
Open Space Visitor Center
Meet at the Open Space Visitor Center to walk around the area and nearby bosque with Susan Chaudoir: 985-302-2878, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the center’s parking lot on the east side of Coors Boulevard. The entrance road, Bosque Meadows Road, is located north of Montano Road and south of Paseo del Norte. It will be a two-mile walk ending before 12:00 p.m.
Belen Marsh & Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area
Travel to the Belen Marsh in Belen, NM, and the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area with Linda Heinze: 505-270-1779, email@example.com. Meet at 8:20 a.m. for an 8:30 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson SE and University Boulevard or 9:00 at the Belen Marsh. To reach the marsh, take the first Belen exit from I-25, Exit 195, drive east one mile, turn south and park in the Taco Bell parking lot. After birding at the marsh, the group will visit the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area on NM 47. There we will walk 1.5 miles around the perimeter of the area. All are invited to have lunch at Pete’s Cafe in Belen. The address is 105 1st st. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $3.50 at five cents per mile. The group should be back in Albuquerque by 2:00 p.m.
Rio Grande Nature Center
Walk around the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park with Leah Henzler: 505-280-1779, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Candelaria Wetland Blind in the northeast corner of the Nature Center parking lot. A $3 parking fee, State Parks Pass, or Friends of the RGNC Pass is required per car. The visitor center opens at 10:00 where one may use the restrooms and/or purchase parking passes. The walk will end before 12:00 p.m.
Coyote del Malpais
Travel to the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course at 2001 George Hanosh Boulevard, in Grants, NM, with Ken Zaslow: 512-576-5309, email@example.com. Meet at 6:50 a.m. for a 7:00 departure from the northwest corner of the parking lot of the Hotel Albuquerque, located at 800 Rio Grande NW. To reach the hotel from I-40, take the Rio Grande exit and drive south to the first stop light at Bellamah NW. Turn east toward the hotel and enter the parking lot on the right. From Albuquerque the group will travel west on I-40 for 75 miles. Take exit 89 from I-40 and stay on the service road to the service station on the north side of I-40, (600 McBride Road), where the participants will regroup at approximately 8:00 a.m. and take the opportunity for a short bathroom break and chance to buy snacks or Subway sandwiches. If one plans to meet the group there, tell Ken before November 20. The group will walk approximately three miles around the golf course and the many ponds there, and then have lunch in the club house. One may bring lunch and eat outside on the porch, or buy lunch in the club house. For those not driving the shared gas expense is $7.50 at five cents per mile. The trip will end by 3:00 p.m. back in Albuquerque.
Thanksgiving, so no trip planned.
If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips, contact Rebecca Gracey.
CNMAS Field Trips
CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.
July 27-28, 2019 – 8 am – 7 pm
Mimbres Hummingbird Festival
Enjoy a weekend getaway to the Gila National Forest and join in this local hummingbird celebration. The event is free and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, 35 minutes east of Silver City. There will be vendors, lectures, education, children’s activities, a raffle ice cream sale and archaeological tours led by the Heritage Site’s museum staff. And hummingbirds, of course! Rivoli’s, Calliope, Rufous, Broad-tailed and Black-chinned are all possible here. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Gila Cliff Dwellings are in the neighborhood, as well as several birding hotspots, like Lake Roberts and Cherry Creek Campground. For more information about the festival, please visit http://www.silvercity. org/events/details/hummingbirdfestival-4839 or call 575-536-3333.
Saturday August 24, 2019
Jemez Mountain’s Birding Trip
Beat the heat and join Jim Mosley for a day trip in the beautiful Jemez Mountains. The group will meet at the Smith’s grocery store in White Rock at 8:00 a.m. and from there will explore pull-outs above Bandelier National Monument and Frijoles Canyon as we head to the Jemez Mountains. Montane target species include Hepatic and Western Tanagers, Empid Flycatchers, Warblers and Zone-tailed Hawk. Also, in the burn scars from the 2011 fire we can find Lewis’s, Acorn and American Three-toed Woodpeckers. This trip will last at least six hours so bring lunch, snacks and water. The summer monsoon weather can be variable in the mountains, so plan accordingly with extra layers and rain gear. Those interested in carpooling should meet at the Sandia Casino parking lot at Tramway and I-25 at 6:00 a.m. Please email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-366-3410 to RSVP and let him know you’re interested in carpooling.
If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.
Other Birding Opportunities
But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.
Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks
Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am
w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.
For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.
Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks
Every third Saturday of the month
w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website: http://friendsofvalledeoro.wildapricot.org/.
Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition
Click the link for a PDF of the Bird Watching Guide for Albuquerque produced by the Albuquerque Urban Bird Coalition.
Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips
Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.